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Tough Enough competitors Gabi Castrovinci and Giorgia Piscina have responded to allegations that “troubling” parts of their pasts have prevented them from being signed by the WWE.
GiGi’s involvement in the story came as the result of a mix-up by Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, who initially stated that she would have been signed by the WWE had something “very troubling about her past” not come up.
GiGi responded to this quickly, refuting the report:
I can assure u there is nothing "BIG" in my past that would have caused #WWE not 2 sign me. Unless being a quiet straight A student is "big"
— Giorgia Piscina (@GiorgiaPiscina) October 28, 2015
Shortly after, Meltzer clarified his statement, claiming that he mixed GiGi up with Gabi.
Gabi herself has taken to Twitter to challenge the report, accusing Meltzer of defaming her character:
Read this bozo @davemeltzerWON pic.twitter.com/M008UhCUu5
— Gabi Castrovinci (@ImTheRealGabi) October 29, 2015
There is no word on what “troubling” aspect of Gabi’s past prevented her WWE signing. However, as proven by the uproar the reports caused, an absence of proof or details won’t prevent damage to these women’s reputations, especially in a business as inherently misogynistic as professional wrestling.